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Kerins and Flannery still need to appear before PAC to restore public confidence - Mary Lou McDonald TD

8 April, 2014 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has insisted that the first real test of Rehab’s sincerity about taking steps to regain public confidence is whether former CEOs Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery appear before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday.

Speaking in response to the announcement of a ‘root and branch review into governance and structures of the Rehab Group’ by Rehab CEO Brian Kerr earlier today, Deputy McDonald said:

“I welcome the announcement of the review by independent management consultant Dr Eddie Molloy, Rehab’s belated acknowledgment that the Board ‘has not exercised strict and appropriate oversight’ and their stated commitment to ‘a programme of transformation and change’.

“However, none of this changes the fact that former Rehab CEOs Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery have not yet responded to the invitation of the Public Accounts Committee to appear before it to answer questions this Thursday. This is not acceptable.

"The first real test of Rehab’s sincerity about doing ‘whatever is necessary’ to regain public confidence in the charity is the attendance of Ms Kerins and Mr Flannery before the Public Accounts Committee, and the quality of their testimony.

“That is what the public interest demands, and nothing less will do.”

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